The Mildred Lane Kemper
Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis is one of the oldest
teaching museums in the country and the oldest art museum west of the
Mississippi River. Established in 1881 as the St. Louis School
and Museum of Fine Arts, a department of Washington University, the Museum
was initially located in a neo-Renaissance building in downtown St. Louis
under the direction of artist Halsey C. Ives. Its collection was formed in
the large part by acquiring significant works by artists of the time.
In 1906, the collection
was moved to the Palace of Fine Arts in Forest Park, a building designed by
architect Cass Gilbert for the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition. In 1909,
the public St. Louis Art Museum was formed and detached from the private
Washington University. The University collection, however, remained on loan
there for the next several decades. In 1941 German exile H.W. Janson joined
the faculty of Washington University's Department of Art History and
Archaeology and initiated an expansive program to revitalize the
University's Museum. Over 600 objects were deaccessioned and the proceeds
were used to acquire approximately 40 works of modern art, including
examples of Cubism, Expressionism, and Surrealism in order to build the
"finest collection of contemporary art assembled on any American
Now one of the finest
university collections in the United States, the Museum contains strong
holdings of 19th, 20th, and 21st century European and American paintings,
sculptures, prints, installations, and photographs. In 2004, the Museum was
renamed the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and linked to Washington
University's newly formed Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. The
museum opened in its new building, designed by Pritker Prize-winning
architect Fumihiko Maki in 2006.
Kemper Art Museum building features spacious galleries that accommodate
large-scale and new media exhibitions, an intimate setting to view works
from the Museum's permanent collection, and a 5,000-square foot outdoor
sculpture garden. In addition to a thematic installation of works from the
Museum's outstanding permanent collection, the Kemper Art Museum features
both temporary and major loan exhibitions throughout the year, presenting
examples of significant international modern and contemporary art and design.
Visiting the Mildred
Lane Kemper Art Museum
& Thursday: 11 am - 6 pm
Friday: 11 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
Closed Tuesdays and
Please note that parking
may be difficult during the construction period of the Museum's expansion
through the beginning of 2019.
There is no charge to visit the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.
Through April 16, 2018
Washington University’s East End, Then and Now
examines the rich history of architectural planning and
design for the east end of Washington University’s Danforth
Campus. Located between the iconic Brookings Hall and the
western edge of St. Louis’s renowned Forest Park, the east
end has long been considered the main entry to the
University, serving as a gateway from the surrounding city
to the academic space of campus. The history of this area
reflects the history of the University as a whole and
reaches back to the end of the 19th century, during a time
of significant transition in American higher education.
Through archival photographs, architectural drawings, and
models, Transformative Visions explores the complex
relationship between planning and design as well as the
broad range of theories and design strategies architects
have used to shape this part of campus.
For more information
Through May 21, 2018
The New York Collection For Stockholm Portfolio: In the
early 1970s the New York–based group Experiments in Art and
Technology (E.A.T.) put together a collection of some of the
most important American art of the 1960s, including Pop,
Minimal, and Conceptual practices, with the aim of donating
it to a public museum. They chose thirty works by thirty
artists in a variety of mediums and selected the Moderna
Museet in Stockholm as the recipient due to its strong
history of support for American contemporary art. To help
raise the funds necessary to build the collection, E.A.T.
asked each of the selected artists to create a print as part
of a portfolio of lithographs and silkscreens—The New York
Collection for Stockholm—which was sold in an edition of 300.
For more information
May 4 - May 21, 2018
2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition:
Featuring thesis projects by the eighteen students in the
graduating class of Washington University’s Graduate School
of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, this
exhibition reflects a variety of media, including painting,
printmaking, photography, sculpture, combined media,
installation, and video. This exhibition features thesis projects by the twenty-five students
in the graduating class of Washington University’s Graduate School
of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. The 2018
MFA candidates are Jenn Brown, Sloan Brunner, Samuel
Carpenter, Xinyue Deng, Yuxuan Ding, Harley Lafarrah Eaves,
Cecily Fergeson, Kim JinHee, Jacopo Mazzoni, Andrew
McIlvaine, Brent Nakamoto, Charis Schneider Norell, Song
Park, Sara Weininger, Riley Millar Williams, Taylor Yocom,
Jon Young, and Ron E. Young.
For more information
Location: The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum is located on the eastern
edge of the campus of Washington University near the intersection of Skinker Blvd.
and Lindell Blvd directly west of Forest Park.
Finding parking for the museum can be a chore due to
a construction project.
N 38 38.838
W 90 18.183
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